A busker is considered an entertainer who is actively providing a performance in the public place in exchange for a donation. Busking is defined as but not limited to sounding or playing a musical instrument, singing, giving a recital or performing any conjuring, juggling, puppetry, mime, or dance act.

What is not considered busking?

  • Vendors of any kind – including glow sticks, flowers, jewellery and other merchandise sellers
  • Fundraising, events or promotions even if they involve any element of performance as listed previously
  • Touting or spruiking
  • Political rallying
  • Religious spruiking
  • Tarot card reading, palmistry and fortune telling
  • Massage, chiropractic treatment or any other physical manipulation
  • Face or body painting
  • Artists selling pre-fabricated work – pavement artists must be actively engaged in producing their artistic medium and not simply selling displayed goods
  • Temporary tattoo applications
  • Solicitors of money for any purpose
  • Street performers engaged by the City of Mandurah as part of a festival or special event

What type of busking is not permitted in Mandurah?

  • Acts with dangerous goods (includes the use of substances that are flammable toxic or use hazardous implements such as swords, knives and whips)
  • Acts which include animals

Important information for buskers

Applications are to be made at least one week prior to the first requested performance. Permits can be applied for a period of one, three, six or twelve months. To apply complete the online busking application form.

Failure to obtain a permit or non-compliance with the permit conditions could result in a breach of the City of Mandurah Local Government Property and Public Places Local Law 2016.
A breach of the local law could result in the permit being revoked and/or an infringement notice being issued.

Complete your application form online
Busking adds to the vibrancy of the City while providing opportunities for local and visiting artists. Busking can be carried out on a local government-controlled area within the Mandurah City Centre and requires a permit. We do not control busking on private property including non-council controlled areas. Should a busker wish to enter such areas, then a separate arrangement needs to be set between the relevant parties.

Busking and street performance are only allowed at the following City Centre locations:
  • Smart Street Mall - (Busking is not permitted at any events/festivals/markets unless authorised by the Event Coordinator)
  • Eastern Foreshore (excluding Rotunda) - (Busking is not permitted at any events/festivals/markets unless authorised by the Event Coordinator)
  • Western Foreshore 
  • Mandjar Square 
  • Mandurah Ocean Marina (please check availability with Marina Office) 
Exclusion areas are the Mandurah Boardwalk and any area covered by a lease, a hire site or on private property.
  • A distance of at least 100 metres must be kept between buskers and any other entertainment at a commercial venue
  • Buskers may only perform for a maximum of two hours in any one area (not including set-up time)
  • Busking is not allowed at any City of Mandurah events/festival unless authorised
  • The use of amplification during a performance; can only be battery operated as main voltage amplification is prohibited. Amplification must be at a level that does not affect nearby businesses or the general public. Amplification is not permitted between 10.00pm and 7.00am
  • The City may require a probationary period on any new applications
  • You must carry the permit issued while performing as you may be required to produce it if approached by an authorised Officer of the City    
  • Non-compliance with the permit conditions could result in a breach of the City of Mandurah Local Government Property and Public Places Local Law 2016.
    A breach of the local law could result in the permit being revoked and/or an infringement notice being issued.

    The busker shall not:
  • Create noise level that impacts on the operation of adjacent retail outlets or the enjoyment of the public or surrounding tenants
  • Cause a blockage or nuisance to pedestrian movement or hinder in any way entrances to shops or buildings
  • Use discriminatory/offensive language or behaviour in their performance that may cause distress or embarrassment to the public
  • Perform wearing dirty or ragged clothing
  • Use or fire any weapon or object with sharp edges
  • Perform and act of cruelty to an animal
  • Have more than 4 people perform, unless otherwise authorised by the permit
  • Sell or permit the sale of any music tapes, recordings, compact discs or merchandise unless authorised
Any busker under to age of 18 years must have a parent or guardian complete and sign the Parental Consent section of the Application Form. Any busker under the age of 16 must have parent or guardian supervision at all times (including throughout performances). 

A person under the age of 16 years should not perform:
  • During school hours
  • Between 7.00pm and 6.00am